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10 best children's books of 2017

Parents magazine recently released the top 10 best children's books of 2017, perfect for any young reader.

The magazine reached out to panel of children's librarians and kid testers from all over the country to choose their favorite new books released this year.

Each story offers colorful artwork, educational elements and fun imagination to keep every child entertained.

Best Board Book

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"When Your Lion Needs a Bath," written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Daniel Wiseman, is a story of a boy who tries to lure his smelly pet lion into the tub. This book is a good fit for kids who struggle during bath time. Recommended for ages 1 to 3. $7.17. More information: Amazon

Best Bedtime Story

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"All My Friends Are Fast Asleep," written by David Weinstone and illustrated by Magali Le Huche, is the perfect bedtime story. It has illustrations, short text, a lovable character to get your child to fall fast asleep. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. $17.99. More information: Amazon

Best Numbers Book

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"Warthog: A Counting Adventure," written by Birdie Black and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw, is about a warthog who sets out on an adventure and meets all different kinds of creatures. Children can lift the flaps to count the hidden animals and follow the muddy footprints for a surprise. Recommended for ages 3 to 6. $14.99. More information: Amazon

Best Alphabet Book

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The alphabet book, "Alphamals: A-Z," written by Big Picture Press and illustrated by Graham Carter, is written so that each letter corresponds with an animal. It can help kids master their ABCs. Recommended for ages 3 to 8. $17.99. More information: Amazon

Best Picture Book

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"Fairy Tale Pets," written by Tracey Corderoy and illustrated by Jorge Martin, is a picture book story. A boy and his dog start a pet-sitting service, but end up responsible for some unexpected guests. A baby bear, three goats, the wolf that blew the pigs' house down and a famous fairytale character included in a clever ending make this story interactive for kids. Recommended for ages 4 to 8. $16.99. More information: Amazon

Best Nonfiction Book

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"Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist," written by Jess Keating and illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens, is a biography about the life of Eugenie Clark, the "Shark Lady." The famed marine biologist always had a fascination with sharks and become a scientist who trained the sea creatures. Through her accomplishments, she lived her life teaching the world that sharks are admirable creatures and that women can do anything if they work hard. Recommended for ages 5 to 10. $17.99. More information: Amazon

Best Early Reader

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"Charlie & Mouse," a collection of four short stories, is written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Emily Hughes. It's about the adventures of two brothers and perfect for children not quite ready for chapter books. Recommended for ages 5 to 7. $14.99. More information: Amazon

Best Beginning Chapter Book Series

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"Hilde Cracks the Case" is a beginning chapter book series written by 10-year-old Hilde Lysiak who started her own neighborhood newspaper. The series will attract both boys and girls who appreciate a good detective story. The first two books of the series, Hero Dog! and Bear on the Loose! are out now. The third book will be released on Dec. 26 and the fourth in April 2018. Recommended for ages 6 to 10. $4.99. More information: Amazon

Best Graphic Novel

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"Real Friends," written by Shannon Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, is a graphic novel about the troubles of finding your real friends, and why it's worth it in the end. The story focuses on bullying and friendship at a young age. Recommended for ages 7 and older. $12.99. More information: Amazon

Best Older-Kid Chapter Book

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"Beyond the Bright Sea" by Lauren Wolk is the story of an orphan named Crow who sets out on a quest to find her birth parents. It's filled with plot twists as the 12-year-old learns the true meaning of family on her adventures. Recommended for ages 10 and older. $16.99. More information: Amazon

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